History is New Zealand's only television channel purely dedicated to history, bringing the power and passion of the past to life. It not only satisfies New Zealand's ever-growing demand for historical programming - it stimulates our curiosity to know more about our world.
History has exclusive access to a vast library of the world's best historical and factual programming offering a high standard of quality in both production value and research - not just from every corner, but about every corner of the world.
Greece – the home of sun, sand, sea and most recently Mama Mia. It’s a place to relax drinking ice-cold super strong and super sweet coffee while playing tavli (backgammon). It’s a place to indulge the senses in a history that has spanned thousands of years and upon which much of the Mediterranean world has turned, before throwing yourself into the blissful seas and onto the sandy beaches. It’s a place in which to party while downing shouts of Greek ouzo, raki, tsipouro and other local brews. It’s a place where one is forced to reflect on the cruel impact of imperial world politics and conflict, but also a place in which to delve into a rich smorgasbord of religious traditions, and marvel at the genius and ingenuity of human kind. This is my Greece: a place to talk, dance, laugh, cry and ultimately, understand what it is to be human.
The twentieth century was an extraordinary 100 years that saw change on an unprecedented scale, brought about by events ranging from wars and natural disasters to moments of industrial and artistic genius. Packed with archive material and interviews with a range of experts and familiar faces, each of the episodes in this new series looks at key events around a specific theme, for example law and order, and the impact they had.
Executive produced by multiple EMMY Award-winning producers Toms Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO's John Adams and The Pacific) and EMMY Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History Channel's Gettysburg), The Nineties takes us back to the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, technological triumphs and terrorist tragedies, the grunge revolution and hip-hops ascendance to the mainstream, interracial conflict in Los Angeles to New York and all points in between, and the ground breaking and genre-bending new era of television that gave us a window into the decade that set the stage for the way we live today.
Actor and British national treasure, Sir David Jason, is a passionate enthusiast of all things espionage. In this code-cracking new series he’s travelling around the UK and beyond to reveal the secret places and people who act as guardians and gatekeepers of the incredible but true story of Britain’s spy history.
The Second World War was a ‘total war’: a war in which massive armies advanced, confronting whole populations with impossible choices. The manufacture of weapons transformed industry and the workforce; area bombing campaigns reduced cities to rubble; sieges doomed populations to starvation; racial policies sponsored campaigns of genocide. Told through incredible archive footage and expert interviews, we learn how WWII shattered the boundaries between home front and battlefield and became an all-encompassing war of morale, destroying and displacing civilian populations. Each episode in this absorbing new series looks at a different aspect: starting with an exploration of the portents of total war to come; in Manchuria, China, Abyssinia and Spain and moving through to preparations for war, followed by invasion, occupation and resistance and how total war enabled the Holocaust. The final episode reflects on the aftermath of total war.
Historian Lucy Worsley teams up with artist and materials scientist Zoe Laughlin to explore the explosive science and fascinating history of fireworks, using an original pyrotechnics instruction manual, and other 400 year old historical documents, to recreate one of the most spectacular fireworks displays from the Tudor era. In an ambitious film, Lucy and Zoe will be joined by a team of top class pyro technicians to replicate a mind-blowing fireworks display especially designed for Queen Elizabeth I - one of the first documented firework displays in England.
From the calm before the storm of 1937 to the bitter end in 1946, the Pacific War receives a thorough investigation in this engrossing documentary. The story begins in Japan. With the help of rare colour footage from the time, the quietness of peace is laid bare. But the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor begins seven months of Japanese dominance, as the US struggles to respond. By 1942, the US army finally records a victory, pushing the Japanese back and turning the tide of the war. But it will not be until 1945 that Japan surrenders.
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